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Dark Intrigue - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

718 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 718
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 62
Gots: 297 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stakem on 11-25-2010)
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750ml cork and caged bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on NOV 10, 2011 (almost 2 years of age)

Nice appearance. Completely opaque black with a nice 3 fingers or so of beige head off the pour. Eventually fades to a thin but retentive layer. Spotty lacing.

Initially smells just a touch faded and oxidized. Also some dark chocolate, deep roasted malt, a touch of dark fruits and a little booze, but more solvent like than bourbon. A bit of oak and bourbon as it warms.

Tastes a bit oxidized, but not as much as the aroma, also the slightest bit tart. Bourbon, caramel, dark chocolate, some dark fruits. Finishes with a roasted malt/ hop bitterness. As it warms some sweet sugars and raisiny fruits come out.

Smooth and creamy with minimal carbonation. Could use a bit more body, but not bad.

Maybe this was better fresher...maybe not....

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Reviewed as part of the Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a deep dark brown, with just a slight bit of light creeping through the edges. A nice creamy tan colored head forms, almost an inch thick, but quickly fades, leaving just a sticky ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet aroma of molasses, candy sugar, and dark fruits. A faint roastiness is hiding behind the sweetness. On first guess this is some type of Quad, or at least an interpretation of one.

T: Bittersweet decadence right off the bat. A surprise bitterness from some hops or bittersweet chocolate, mixed with a rich sweetness. Raisins, dates, and molasses follow nose. Some sweet RIS qualities, I think I'm changing directions. A faint warming sensation from the alcohol, but not boozy. Despite being very sweet, it's oddly easy drinking.

M: Luxuriously thick and creamy. A big full-bodied brew, with just the right amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, with just the faint warming finish.

O: This is a very tasty beer, although I'm not sure at all what it is. Continues to get better as it comes to room temp, and really is a sweet treat.

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Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.